*** Rockingham County Public Health has begun offering a tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccine to the public in phases. This will be done according to the rollout plan published by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The first public phase, also known as “Phase 1(b)”, is for individuals 75 and older. These dates are only the beginning of the vaccination process, and future dates and locations will be widely shared through the Rockingham County Division of Public Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 336-342-8140, media outlets in the County and through the County’s websites (www.co.rockingham.nc.us and ww.rockinghamcountypublichealth.org). ***
*** In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Greensboro will remain operational, albeit with certain reductions and cancellations. For the latest news, cancellations, and service changes, visit greensboro-nc.gov/COVID-19. ***
Pulpit Forum MLK Program (ENDS JAN 17)
The Pulpit Forum of Greensboro & Vicinity will host a virtual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17. For viewing links, contact Reverend Dr. Marilyn King- Lewis at (336) 337-0930.
Gate City Alumni Chapter MLK Day of Service (ENDS JAN 18)
Looking for a way to participate in the MLK Day of Service? Join the Gate City Alumni Chapter of North Carolina A&T State University and get a chance to serve alongside fellow Aggies and Aggie supporters as we share experiences, network, volunteer, and show the world just what AGGIES DO! For more information, visit, gatecity.ncatsualumni.org.
Volunteer Center MLK Day of Service (ENDS JAN 18)
The Volunteer Center, in partnership with local schools and community organizations, will host virtually the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 18th, from 1-2:30 pm, with live broadcasts on various outlets, featuring performances, hands on service projects, a nonprofit fair, children’s activities, and a baby needs and food drive. For more information, visit volunteercentertriad.org.
Greensboro HRC MLK Video Production (ENDS JAN 18)
The City of Greensboro’s Human Rights Commission will honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a video production themed "Women in the Movement," featuring keynote speakers Shirley Frye and Zitty Nxumalo and performers Synthia Green and The Poetry Project. Also airing will be a short video entitled, “I Am the Four.” The program will air at 9 am Monday, January 18, on the Greensboro Television Network. For more info, visit Greensboro-nc.gov and search “MLK Day Program.”
St James Presby MLK Day Interfaith Program (ENDS JAN 18)
Saint James Presbyterian Church will host their 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program, with this year’s theme “Healing Through Justice” Monday, January 18th at noon. The service is open to the public. All are welcome. Links to watch or attend can be accessed at stjamespresby.org. If you have questions, please call 336-273-6658.
Virtual Teen Production (ENDS JAN 19)
Creative Greensboro is now accepting registrations for a virtual teen production of the Ian McWethy play “The Internet Is A Distract – Oh Look There’s A Kitten.” There is no cost to participate, and all teens aged 13-17 are welcome. All participants will get a role in the production. Registration is open through January 19. For more information or to register, visit creativegreensboro.com or call 336-335-6426.
Audition for "Evening of Short Plays" (ENDS JAN 20)
Creative Greensboro will hold virtual auditions at 7 pm, January 19 and 20 for actors ages 16 and older for the Greensboro Playwrights Forum’s virtual “Evening of Short Plays.” Rehearsals will take place via Zoom beginning January 20 on evenings and weekends, as schedules permit. Performances, also presented via Zoom, will be on March 6 at 7 pm and March 8 at 2 pm. Register to audition via Zoom at creativegreensboro.com.
Big 3 Challenger Basketball and Cheer (ENDS JAN 23)
The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Unit will offer Big 3 Challenger Basketball and Cheer from January 23 to February 27. This virtual program is for individuals 8 years old and up with disabilities who wish to build skills and knowledge of the game of basketball and cheer routines throughout a 6-week virtual training league. For more information, call 336-373-2954. Or to register, visit greensboro-nc.gov and search “Big 3.”
Coffee Hour with Karen Ceesay (ENDS JAN 25)
The Vance Chavis Branch of the Greensboro Public Library is offering a series of Coffee Hour virtual meetings with writer, actress, and producer Karen Ceesay. Karen will talk with influential and intriguing guests over coffee Mondays at 5pm throughout January. Participants can join the conversation on the Library’s Facebook page, or by visiting greensborolibrary.org and clicking on the full events calendar.
Greensboro Loose Leaf Collection (ENDS JAN 29)
The City of Greensboro’s second collection will run from December 29 until January 29, 2021, subject to inclement weather delays. Accordingly, property owners are encouraged to observe the following tips: Rake leaves to the edge of your yard, behind the curb, and do not put leaves in the street or on the sidewalk. Remove sticks, rocks, and other debris that may damage City equipment. Do not park vehicles on, in front of, or near leaves. And check the city’s interactive map to find out where your neighborhood is on the leaf collection schedule. Residents may also use the City’s year-round yard waste program to dispose of leaves in clear plastic bags, or a plastic or metal garbage can, on your regular trash collection day. More info can be found at Greensboro-nc.gov/leaves
21 for 21 Winter Workout Challenge (ENDS JAN 31)
Greensboro Parks and Recreation is encouraging residents to start the New Year with a focus on their physical health and wellness with the “21 for 21 Winter Workout” challenge. Through January 31, residents are encouraged to walk, run, bike, or boat 21 miles. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a Parks and Recreation prize package. To participate, you must sign up at greensboro-nc.gov/contest.
Triad Popsicle Bridge Competition (ENDS FEB 06)
In celebration of National Engineer’s Week, residents from Greensboro and five other Triad cities will host Bridging the Triad, a competition for kids and adults to see who can create the most efficient popsicle stick bridge. To participate, pick up your free supplies between 10 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday, then sign up to compete between 10 am and 1 pm, Saturday, February 6 at Griffin Recreation Center, 5301 Hilltop Rd. For more info, visit, Greensboro-nc.gov and search “Bridging the Triad.”
Rockingham County Environmental Coloring Book (ENDS FEB 11)
Rockingham County is giving out free kids’ coloring and activity books to local residents in an effort to inspire our families and friends to keep Rockingham County clean! These coloring books explain how we can utilize resources wisely, recycle, and create less waste for our public landfill. To get your free coloring book, email email@example.com.
Empowered For Employment Workshops (ENDS MAR 18)
The Partnership for Children of Guilford County, YWCA High Point, and NCWorks, are collaborating to host a series of biweekly workshops for Guilford County job seekers entitled, “Empowered for Employment”. This workshop series will run 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 12 noon through March 18th on Facebook Live @GuilfordKids and @YWCA.High.Point. The workshops will be followed by a free virtual job fair hosted by NCWorks. For more information, call (336) 274-5437.
Black art Matters at NCAT (ENDS MAY 1)
The University Galleries at North Carolina A&T State University is hosting a virtual art exhibition, Black Art Matters: Works from the Permanent Collection. Comprised of art spanning from the 1930s to the early 2000s, this exhibition highlights artists of the African Diaspora such as John Biggers, Benny Andrews and Hale Woodruff. The exhibition can be viewed by visiting ncat.edu and searching “black art matters.”
Guilford County Schools
- Guilford County School’s youth crisis hotline, 336-332-7295, is currently open to students dealing with anxiety, depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, hunger, or any other form of crisis. For emergency, you should still call 911. Additionally, the GCS general information line, 336-332-7290, can be used Monday through Friday from 8 am – 7 pm.
TRIAD Goodwill Accepts Food Donations
A lot of people don’t know this, but Triad Goodwill accepts food donations and routes them to local food banks. This is a convenient way for people to do good for those in need, as many families struggle with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Non-perishable food items are collected in all 23 Donation Centers located in Guilford, Alamance, Randolph, Rockingham and Caswell counties. For more information, call 336-544-5305 or visit triadgoodwill.org.
While foam and Styrofoam aren’t recyclable in Greensboro’s recycling program, residents and businesses that want to recycle foam may now bring it to 1310 W. Gate City Blvd. Foam dropped off at this location will be made into picture frames and molding in New Jersey. Proceeds from the sale of foam will go back to support Tiny House Community Development’s efforts to reduce homelessness in the Triad. For more info, call 919-622-3303.
GSO Virtual Programming for Social Distancing
Staff with Greensboro Public Library, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Field Operations have been creating videos and posting activities to help residents stay active, get creative, and learn something while social distancing. Virtual programming includes story times, exercise classes, craft activities, scavenger hunts, and more. For updated links to these great resources, go to Greensboro-NC.gov/PlayAtHome.
The City of Greensboro is no longer accepting glass, large plastic items, pots and pans, and shredded paper in its recycling program. Visit greensboro-nc.gov/recycle for locations you can recycle glass going forward.
Greensboro Public Library invites both kids and adults to explore the 3D printers, cameras, audio production equipment, and sewing machines within one of its various Makerspaces. For more info, call 336-335-5430.
SCAT is now Access GSO
Greensboro Transit Agency is excited to announce the new operating brand for its longtime paratransit bus service. Access GSO succeeds Specialized Community Area Transportation, or SCAT, serving persons with disabilities since 1992. The Access GSO name was chosen from among numerous suggestions received from riders, drivers, staff, and the Greensboro community. For more information, call 336-373-4368 or visit greensboro-nc.gov/gdot.